usb-creator gets as far as 'Starting up' then hangs

Asked by AlanQ on 2008-12-29

Fresh install of 8.10 -- all current updates installed.

usb-creator gets as far as the Installing popup box saying 'Starting up', then nothing.

Output when running in terminal:

alan@VIA:/tmp/usb-creator/bin$ /usr/bin/usb-creator

-- Starting up at 15:08:40 --
[15:08:40] got a disc: Ubuntu 8.10 i386
[15:08:40] new device:
{'capacity': dbus.UInt64(2021654528L), 'uuid': '4956-A65C', 'label': '', 'free': 2017689600L, 'fstype': 'vfat', 'device': '/dev/sdb', 'mountpoint': '/media/disk', 'udi': '/org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/volume_uuid_4956_A65C'}
[15:08:40] adding: /dev/sdb
[15:08:40] updating dest_status as part of update_row_state
[15:09:07] Installing...
[15:09:07] Source CD: /org/freedesktop/Hal/devices/volume_label_Ubuntu_8_10_i386
[15:09:07] Destination disk: /dev/sdb
[15:09:07] Persistence size: 708 MB

...then nothing.

Cancel > Quit does not work:

[15:09:24] Forcing shutdown of the install process.
[15:09:27] Forcing shutdown of the install process.
[15:09:27] Forcing shutdown of the install process.

Process does not shutdown. Requires 'sudo kill -15 <process id>'.

Any ideas? Not sure what other info to include.

Cheers
Alan

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2008-12-31
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2008-12-31
Last reply:
AlanQ (alan-q) said : #1

usb-creator did not like my Ativa 2GB USB flash memory stick.
Solution was to
1) Remove it's partition with fdisk
2) Re-partition with GParted
3) Allow usb-creator to format the partition -- 'Format' button appears when USB stick is unformatted.

Detailed Instructions found here:
http://ubuntuliving.blogspot.com/2008/11/missing-operating-system-step-by-step.html

Next problem: Computer won't boot from the USB stick
https://answers.launchpad.net/ubuntu/+source/usb-creator/+question/55998

Alan

otakuj462 (otakuj462) said : #2

Issue persists for me on Ubuntu Hardy 8.04.

Antti/Neocard (antti-neocard) said : #3

I got rid of the "[15:09:27] Forcing shutdown of the install process." by installing mtools. (sudo apt-get install mtools)
It was mentioned elsewhere.